A woman was arrested in Phoenix, Arizona for smuggling two illegal immigrants in her vehicle on October 18, 2019.
A Border Patrol canine at an immigration checkpoint alerted to a Nissan Altima with a 33-year-old female driver and juvenile passenger, both U.S. citizens. During a subsequent search, agents discovered a 25-year-old Mexican man and a 22-year-old Guatemalan woman hidden in the vehicle’s trunk. Agents determined both individuals were illegally present in the United States.
The foreign nationals will be processed for immigration violations. The U.S. citizen adult was arrested and faces prosecution for human smuggling violations.
U.S Customs and Border Protection says that locking people in a trunk poses a significant safety threat to the individuals’ life and well-being.